Comparison: Af Hoiheden oprunden er

See also: Comparison: Af Dybsens Nod jeg raabe maa
See also: Comparison: Lover den Herre, den mægtige Konge
See also: Comparison: Jag tackar dig, min högste Gud

In the series of Norwegian hymns which are sourced from Lindemans Koralbog

 (see References » Norwegian Hymns)), #2 in Lindemans Koralbog (the first cob in the series) is #685 - Af Hoiheden oprunden er (From High there Flows—Norwegian). As an example of the transition from printed paper to pinned arrangement, these two arrangements were compared by transposing the cob into the same key as the printed copy.

Several differences are noted:

Location Difference Comment
throughout note timings and durations1) There were many minor adjustments made in order to better reproduce the music. Usually this consisted of slightly lengthening individual notes, so that they often overlapped. In play, this produces a constant melody line without audible gaps. However if there were repeated notes, a gap was desired so that the notes would remain distinct, so the first was often shortened.
bass clef, throughout shifted octaves Because of the 20-note scale available on the Roller Organ, it was often necessary to shift low “bass” notes up an octave. At the same time, “tenor” notes were sometimes shifted down an octave, to preserve pleasing intervals.
15th (full) measure D# replaced with D Although this changes the harmony slightly, it sounds OK. Was this intentional—or an error?
17th, 19th measure B, C# (eighth notes) omitted Although the B and C# could have been included by shifting up an octave, it was not acceptable: Measure 17 already has a B quarter note in the treble. Measure 19 has a treble B for the 2nd eighth, and an added C# would have produced discord rather than a pleasing run. In neither measure would the run have resolved to the following D in the lower octave.
18th measure B shortened There does not seem to be a good reason for shortening this note. Was this intentional—or an error?
18th measure A# replaced with A The A# (corresponding to a D# for a common Gem) was not available in the 20-note scale.
20th measure A added in the treble harmony (alto) A full chord was evidently desired on this last note.
1) These small differences are not shown in the illustration.
 
 
 

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